Scenes From Life Provoke Jamia University Students - 29 September
The questions never stopped flowing and the discussions just wouldn't stop...Ab Baki Charcha ....on gender justice seemed to be just the forum that Delhi's Jamia Millia Islamia students had been waiting for.
Their interest was sparked by the 'Suno, suno!' accompanied by drums and a motley group of theatre persons outside the bustling canteen. Invited to join a Forum Theatre performance in the university lawns, young boys and girls flocked to it in large numbers, at first to see and before they knew it, to join.
The ABC for Gender Justice on September 29 held, appropriately, at Jamia's Mirza Ghalib Lawns was organized by Mittika and the university's Department of Political Science as part of the MenEngage mobilisation process aimed at involving men and boys in issues of gender justice.
Scenes from Mittika's vibrant play seemed to find immediate resonance among the youth, and they plunged with fervor into giving suggestions for 'changing the scene' and building a better reality when invited to participate. Moderated by Jaya and Durba Ghose of Mittika, the audience interaction during the play included inputs from faculty member Bulbul Dhar-James.
Reluctant to leave after the play was over, groups of youngsters continued animated debates with Renu, MenEngage's resource person on gender. Given chart paper and pens, they also spent a lot of time creating slogans, posters and stories, giving vent to personal experiences related to gender in creative ways.
The unanimous request was for more such thought-provoking events to be held.